Paul Butler faces Jonas Sultan for the WBO 'interim' Bantamweight title on Friday
Amidst the fight week of Fury vs Whyte, a British man challenge for honours has gone under the radar.
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Paul Butler headlines the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, as he looks to pick up the WBO 'interim' Bantamweight title against Jonas Sultan, in a show promoted by Probellum.
Butler was originally slated to challenge John Riel Casemiro for the WBO title, however, Casemiro was seen to be breaching the BBBofC medical policy, leading to Sultan being drafted in as a replacement.
Butler is a former Super Flyweight world champion. He gained that honour in 2014 when he travelled to Newcastle to defeat Stuart Hall by split decision. However, Butler lost that belt in 2015, when he was subject to a Zolani Tete knockout.
Butler rebuilt and stepped up to Bantamweight, picking up multiple wins, which landed him a shot at the vacant IBF world title in 2018 against Emmanuel Rodriguez. Butler came up short that night, and went to rebuild again.
Butler worked his way up the rankings yet again, and landed himself the shot at Casemiro following a split decision win against Willibaldo Garcia in 2021 for the WBO International title.
Butler's new opponent, Jonas Sultan is someone who should not be looked past. In 2017, Sultan actually defeated Casemiro via unanimous decision. The Casemiro victory landed Sultan a shot at Jerwin Ancajas' world title, but Sultan was on the end of a unanimous decison loss.
In Sultan's last outing, he defeated Carlos Caraballo over a thrilling 10 rounds for the WBO Intercontinental title, seeing, Caraballo hit the floor three times, and Sultan going down once.
The undercard see's the undefeated Sam Maxwell challenge Alejandro Meneses for the vacant IBO World Super Lightweight title. Maxwell will be looking to gain his first world title in front of his Liverpool faithful.
Jazza Dickens returns, looking to bounce back from his unsucessful world title challenge last time out, as he faces former European champion Andoni Gago over 10 rounds.
Local man, and former world champion Rocky Fielding returns to the ring as he looks to get back in the world title picture as he faces Timo Laine.
GB Olympic heroes, Peter and Joe McGrail both return to the ring, with Peter looking to move to 4-0, and Joe looks to move to 3-0. Blane Hyland returns on this card, looking to put put the sole defeat from two fights ago on his record even further into the past.
Undefeated prospects, Will Cawley and Steven Cairns look to impress yet again on this card, hoping to put on a great show in front of the Liverpool fans.
Finally, Frankie Stringer and Harry Kinsella look to hit the ground running as they make their pro debuts this Friday on the card.
This show will be broadcast live on Probellum's website on Friday 22nd April.